Series (Game 1 of 1)

Minnesota leads 1-0

Game 1: Monday, September 24th

Sabres 1

(1-2-0, 2 pts)

Wild 2

(3-1-0, 6 pts)

8:00 PM ET, September 24, 2007

Ralph Engelstad Arena, Grand Forks, North Dakota

1 2 3 T
BUF 0 1 01
MIN 0 1 12

Top Skaters

Wild 2, Sabres 1

Associated Press

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) -- Brian Rolston scored both goals to help the Minnesota Wild edge the Buffalo Sabres 2-1 in exhibition play Monday night.

Rolston, who led the Wild in goals last season, netted the game-winner early in the third period when left alone between the faceoff circles. Pierre-Marc Bouchard won a battle along the boards and slid the puck to Eric Belanger, whose pass from the corner set up Rolston's one-timer.

Minnesota goalie Josh Harding preserved the lead by stopping Michael Ryan on a breakaway with 5 minutes left and a flurry of four shots in the final minute.

Harding finished with 25 saves for Minnesota.

Phillip Gogulla had a goal and Jocelyn Thibault made 20 saves for Buffalo.

After a scoreless first period, the Wild took the lead in the first minute of the second period on a power play. Benoit Pouliot won the faceoff back to Rolston, who sent a slapshot into the far corner, over Thibault's glove.

Gogulla tied it later in the second period on the power play, after a cross-ice pass from Marek Zagrapan.

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